Discover the Snowy Scheme! The Discovery Centre showcases the amazing history of the Snowy Mountains Scheme; from the early days of construction through to how it is operated by Snowy Hydro today. This is a must for any visitor to the Snowy Mountains region!


The Centre houses an extensive photographic collection, models, exhibits and interactive displays about the Scheme's engineering, history, water management, power generation, the National Electricity Market and the new Snowy 2.0 project. Take your turn on the 'power bikes' and see if you can peddle hard enough to power a TV, make some toast or boil a kettle.

You will also find screens displaying the Scheme working in real time. See which generators are operating, how much electricity they are producing and the prices of electricity in the market.

There are also two theatres in the Centre which show a variety of short videos. Enjoy the outdoor picnic area, which also displays two turbine runners from the Scheme, including the largest from our Tumut 3 Power Station weighing an incredible 47.7 tonnes! Β Come and talk to our staff and find something among our selection of souvenirs, maps, DVD’s and books to take home as a memento of your visit.

What's happening at the Discovery Centre Cooma

At the Discovery Centre Cooma this coming Easter weekend we will be running scheduled Discovery Sessions.

These sessions will allow our visitors the opportunity to explore the story of the Snowy Scheme with one of our Discovery Centre team members.

Session times:

Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
10am, 12pm and 2pm each day


The Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre has a cafe serving espresso coffee, tea, cold drinks and a wide range of cakes and light refreshments to have in or take away.

The Centre is located only a couple of minutes from downtown Cooma and for those travelling south from Canberra, we are a little over one hour away. There is ample car parking, disabled access and facilities, coach parking and long vehicle bays.

Where: Β Β  Β  Β  Β  Yulin Ave Cooma, off the Monaro Highway - look out for our signs!

Open: Β  Β  Β Β  Β  Β  8am–5pm Mon to Fri.Β  8am–4pm Sat, Sun and public holidays. Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β 

Note: Coffee Shop closes one hour earlier.

Closed: Β  Β  Β Β Β  Christmas Day & Anzac Day

Cost:Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Entry is free of chargeΒ 


Winter weekend hours:

The Discovery Centre Cooma will extend its weekend hours over the winter season from the long weekend starting 8 June 2019.

Open:Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  7am

Close:Β  Β  Β  Β  Β 4pm

Cafe closing time:Β  Β  Β  Β  3pm